• Debbie

Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto | Vegan | Vegetarian

Updated: Sep 22, 2019

What do you do with the surplus of tomatoes from your garden, farmer's market, or CSA share? I say you make a batch of this finger-licking good Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam. It's a great way to preserve and use up garden/farm fresh tomatoes.

This Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam uses no pectin or gelatin. Rather you thicken the jam with chia seeds. When water is added to chia seeds, the chia causes the seeds to swell creating a gel which is low carb/keto friendly. Plus the chia seeds are a super food filled with a lot of nutrition and fiber, making this a healthy condiment and/or relish to be used on burgers, sandwiches (like a BLT), or spread on biscuits. My favorite way to eat this tomato & onion jam is as a snack or appetizer on top of low carb crackers along with a dollop of cream cheese.

Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto

Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto

Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto

BLT with Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto

Tomato & Onion Chia Seed Jam | Low Carb | Keto


1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped and their juices

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar

1 to 2 tablespoons sweetener, such as Swerve (adjust to desired sweetness)

dash of salt

1 tablespoon chia seeds


1. Add olive oil to a medium-size sauce pan, after 20-30 seconds, add the onions. Sauté onions for about 10 minutes. They should start look brown/caramelized, soft and translucent. 2. Add the diced tomatoes, sweetener, and salt and stir to combine. And vinegar and bring mixture to a gentle boil and then reduce heat and simmer.

3. When the mixture starts bubbling and thickening (about 20-30 minutes) , add chia seeds.

4. Continue to simmer the jam for 5 to 10 more minutes, the jam is ready when the mixture appears thick , sticky and not too runny.

5. Cool the jam and store in clean dry glass jar.


Nutritional Information:

Calories 11.9 Total Fat 0.8 g Total Carbohydrate 1.2 g Dietary Fiber 0.4 g Protein 0.3 g

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